Nerds: who they are and why we need more of them

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Publisher:
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin,
Pub. Date:
c2007.
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English
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A lively, thought-provoking book that zeros in on the timely issue of how anti-intellectualism is bad for our children and even worse for America. Why are our children so terrified to be called "nerds"? And what is the cost of this rising tide of anti-intellectualism to both our children and our nation? In Nerds, family psychotherapist and psychology professor David Anderegg examines why science and engineering have become socially poisonous disciplines, why adults wink at the derision of "nerdy" kids, and what we can do to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly high-tech world. Nerds takes a measured look at how we think about and why we should rethink "nerds," examining such topics as: - our anxiety about intense interest in things mechanical or technological; - the pathologizing of "nerdy" behavior with diagnoses such as Asperger syndrome; - the cycle of anti-nerd prejudice that took place after the Columbine incident; - why nerds are almost exclusively an American phenomenon; - the archetypal struggles of nerds and jocks in American popular culture and history; - the conformity of adolescents and why adolescent stereotypes linger into adulthood long after we should know better; and nerd cultural markers, particularly science fiction. Using education research, psychological theory, and interviews with nerdy and non-nerdy kids alike, Anderegg argues that we stand in dire need of turning around the big dumb ship of American society to prepare rising generations to compete in the global marketplace.Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.
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table_of_contents Introduction : the nerd dilemma or why Ashton Kutcher is your kid's worst nightmare -- The field guide to nerds or why nerds are so gay -- Math scores and economic ills or why you need to go to India to find an engineer -- Old themes and new twists or why Ichabod Crane will never get laid -- They can't help it, they're just sick or how better treatment might help cure Bill Gates -- The Seinfeld axiom or why nerds know advanced calculus but can't get to first base -- The geek squad or why you're not grateful to the guy who fixes your computer -- They're not ugly, they just need a makeover or why they think no one can see the tape on their glasses -- I'm not boring you, am I? Or what is this thing called the silmarillion? -- Welcome to my persecution or why the George Bush-Al Gore contest was a Jungian's dream -- Conclusion : the nerd you save.
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title Nerds : who they are and why we need more of them
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title_sub who they are and why we need more of them